Foundations

Take your giving program to new heights.

MakeWay imparts our twenty years of experience with you, to help your foundation achieve its mission.

Amplifying your impact

MakeWay is a leading national charity with a unique suite of tools. We can leverage a wide range of in-house expertise to create custom solutions for your foundation.

With a deep understanding of the emerging issues and community-led solutions, we can connect you to networks that will help to make your grantmaking go further.

We can help you evaluate the impact of your past giving, research new interest areas, design a program and evaluation framework, and deliver your day-to-day operations.

Tools for Change

We support foundations with tools and expertise to amplify impact.

In collaboration, we create custom solutions to help achieve change. With 20 years of experience building and implementing a unique approach, MakeWay is a proven partner.

From research and scoping to strategy and design, working with MakeWay your foundation can dive into new issues and geographies or expand an existing program.

  • Investigate new and exciting angles to your existing work
  • Design a new grantmaking program that reflects your unique vision for change, focus areas, and goals
  • Promote your grantmaking program to unique audiences across Canada
  • Develop an evaluation framework to track the impact of your grantmaking program

Make meaningful gifts and build relationships with changemakers on the ground. The result is an informed and engaged giving strategy managed by our team of experienced program leads.

Deep subject matter expertise and trust-based community networks mean grantmaking goes beyond surface solutions, directing investments in ways that maximize positive, sustainable change. Whether individual, institutional, government, or corporate, we support donors to be more connected and effective in their giving.

Our knowledgeable program leads work to:

  • Manage strategic granting portfolios
  • Collaborate in active partnership with communities to help articulate, design, and implement lasting solutions
  • Act as networkers, conveners, and relationship builders

A strong collective effort with a unified mission takes us all to greater heights. Collaboratives bring grantmakers and community representatives together to pool resources and share ideas. This gives community-led initiatives a foundation for success with more flexible and responsive financial supports, fewer administrative hoops, and opportunities for shared learning, co-creation, and evaluation.

  • Promote more informed and effective grantmaking
  • Combine effort to improve the efficiency of accessing money and other resources (such as tools and equipment)
  • Make it easier for communities to access funding
  • Break down the traditional model of top-down philanthropy
  • Strengthen connections among philanthropic institutions and communities
  • Most collaboratives include additional programming like knowledge exchange, shared measurement, storytelling etc.

We believe in using economic levers to create positive social change and encourage corporate responsibility. Impact investments are made in companies, organizations, and initiatives to generate positive social impact and a financial return.

MakeWay offers the country’s first fully-customizable 100% impact invested donor advised fund – ImpactDAF. The ImpactDAF is a unique philanthropic vehicle that provides the grantmaking functions of a DAF, while also mobilizing the underlying investments for positive impact. Each ImpactDAF has a customized financial and impact strategy that aligns with its purpose. This means that ImpactDAFs are able to have a positive impact through both grantmaking and investing.

  • Align values with investments to achieve financial and social return
  • Offer a fossil fuel-free ESG portfolio (managed by Genus)
  • Lead research on new impact investing solutions
  • Provide impact measurement using a methodology aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

An alternative to starting your own foundation, donor advised funds are an efficient and flexible vehicle for charitable giving. Through a donor advised fund, you can deliver on your unique philanthropic vision, while minimizing costs and maximizing impact.

When you work with MakeWay, you join a national community of individuals, charities, foundations, nonprofits, and businesses who share your passion for environmental and social change.

  • Benefit from efficient, flexible giving
  • Invest in a fossil fuel-free portfolio
  • Leave a legacy or honour a loved one
  • Manage charitable giving from one place, minimizing costs and maximizing impact

“One size doesn’t fit all. MakeWay is good at looking at different models to tackle problems and is unafraid to do things differently.”

Leonard Schein
Schein Foundation

Learn more or partner with us:

Leanne Burton

Leanne Burton
Director, Partnership Development
Leanne.Burton@makeway.org